Set in Nevada in the 1860s, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Joe fought for what was just and decent in a time where lawlessness was common.
The widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright, who built the ranch house. The second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname "Hoss." And the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe." They all lived and worked on The Ponderosa. Nearby Virginia City helped populate the episodes with guest starring characters from all over America.
Broadcast between September 1959 and January 1973. Filmed by the National Broadcasting Company at Paramount Studios.
"The Fear Merchants" Season 1 Episode 20
The Cartwrights are in Virginia City to celebrate the birthday of Jimmy Chang. They soon find out, much to their distaste, that there are a number of people who don't like the Chinese. However, when Jimmy is accused of murdering the daughter of his employer, the Cartwrights have to battle a racist lawyer up for mayoral election in order to prove Jimmy innocent.
March 3, 2014 Subject:
I was totally jazzed about hearing the theme music after maybe 30 or more years? I'm all sad now. DRAT!
March 8, 2012 Subject:
The Fear Merchants (Bonanza).
Season 1, episode 20.
Original air date: 30 January 1960.
Cast: Michael Landon (Joseph `Little Joe` Cartwright), Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright), Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright), Dan Blocker (Eric `Hoss` Cartwright), Gene Evans (Andy Fulmer), Helen Westcott (Amanda Ridley), Frank Ferguson (J. R. Ridley), Christopher Dark (Jesse Tibbs), Guy Lee (Jimmy Chang), Ray Stricklyn (Billy Wheeler),Philip Ahn (Mr. Lee Chang), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing), Pat Michon (Sally Ridley), Arthur Space (Cyrus Hammond), Gregg Barton (Sheriff Halstead), Alexander Campbell (Judge), Peter Chong (Chinese Elder), Bill Clark (Townsman at Inquest: uncredited), Bob Miles (Townsman at Inquest: uncredited) and Jack Tomek (Townsman: uncredited).
Copyright has expired and is now in the public domain.
November 29, 2011 Subject:
Racism, Virginia City style
Racial bigotry masquerading as a corrupt politician's platform is a key element in this story. Philip Ahn (Master Kan of "Kung Fu") has a featured role.
Keep an eye out near the end for a dead body in the street reacting when someone accidentally steps on his hand.
Familiar theme replaced by what sounds like Duane Eddy.